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Is it time to upgrade your office?

Remodeling may sound trivial, but an efficient and well-designed office can make or break your company. Here are some signs that you need to upgrade your office ASAP. Pexels CC

MANILA, Philippines — While previous studies have already shown that a poor work setting downgrades business performance, office remodeling is still an expense that is ignored by business owners until it becomes a necessity.

To maximize the potentials of a business, an employer must learn to look at office design as a premise for competitive gain and not as a temporary fad. Remodeling may sound trivial, but an efficient and well-designed office can make a company.

Here are some signs that you need to upgrade your office ASAP.

Clients and partners aren't coming in

Your office basically represents you and your company's brand and core values. It is likely that you will have prospective clients visiting your office frequently. In order to secure these clients, you have to make a good impression. It is important to remember that your office needs to "dress for success," as well. Create an atmosphere that would reflect success, rather than the opposite. A cluttered, outdated, and poorly designed office calls for a sinking ship.

There is lack of face-to-face communication

A study published by Research Gate revealed that in an office, people communicate three times more often in a multi-space area than in a cell-space area. As such, a well-planned office layout is imperative to facilitate knowledge creation.

In today's digital age, the importance of face-to-face communication is constantly being challenged. But while emails and texts can relay messages faster, it runs the risk of misinterpretation and is actually more inefficient if you would look at the big picture. Instead of wasting the whole day sending emails back and forth, you can easily and clearly hash out all of the details of a project in one go in face-to-face communication.

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Business is growing at a snail's pace

Your business is not growing because your space is not. More people and tangible resources are needed to keep up with your client demands. Aside from good work practices, having cutting-edge technology and competent office layout, yield the greatest business gains.

Obsolete equipment and poor office layout, therefore, give you the opposite. Capitalize in space, with the capacity to be scaled to new resources and investments that your business needs as it progresses. These may include desks and shelves that can accommodate what needs to be stored and filed. There should be a place for everything and everything should be in its place.

There's productivity lull

There are other reasons besides fashion for upgrading your office. About one-third or thirty percent of human life is spent working. It is fundamental that the working environment is healthy, comfortable and attractive. An office setting directly relates to productivity of employees, which is why you need to provide your employees a space where they can thrive.

Provide good lighting and ventilation, comfortable chairs and high-quality views if you can. Anything that affects your employee's ability to be productive, should be a major concern for any employer.

Employees are leaving

In a competitive market, a good pay check is not enough to keep your top employees. You have to make your employees feel valued by providing them the best environment, too. For businesses, this means that enticing, engaging and retaining top talent depends on reinventing, upgrading and innovating their work environments. In other words, blurring the line between work and play.

Studies suggest that employees have more stamina and have reduced emotional exhaustion when they take enough breaks in between work. If the method is taken seriously, this will result in increased morale, far better levels of operational efficiency and less turnover rate.

Upgrading your workspace can be quite an intimidating process which requires a lot of thought and contemplation. Ensure you are getting the very best for your business, by choosing workspaces from Regus, which prides itself with innovative and state-of-the-art layouts that will fit any type of business.

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